Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Alcatel Adds Support for Microsoft's Network Access Protection

Alcatel's new Access Guardian feature set and the Alcatel OmniVista 2770 Quarantine Manager will support Microsoft's Network Access Protection, which is a policy enforcement technology built into Microsoft's operating systems Windows Vista and the future version of Windows Server. Microsoft's Network Access Protection aims to provide better protection of network assets from unhealthy computers by enforcing compliance with network health policies, such as antivirus (AV) signatures, patch levels, and firewall configurations.

Alcatel said its Access Guardian allows the different policies associated with the various devices to be combined onto a single port. It automatically detects and authenticates based on the user and device type. This provides users proactive security by preventing unauthorized network access, and reduces to zero the time a network administrator spends for adding or moving users. In addition to proactive security, the Alcatel OmniVista 2770 Quarantine Manager provides reactive security by handling malicious attacks through automatic containment and remediation. http://www.alcatel.com


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